A Knox man appeared in the Starke Circuit Court this week for his sentencing hearing, but the state withdrew the plea agreement after he racked up a number of new charges.
Fifty-one-year-old Lolus Johnson was arrested in March for allegedly stealing a pair of sandals from Dollar General. When police found him and patted him down, they allegedly found a marijuana cigarette and other controlled substances. He was arrested and faces charges of Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.
Johnson was recently arrested again in September on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana. Johnson was found at a residence that was housing an active methamphetamine lab, several prescription medications, and marijuana. He, along with five others, was arrested.
As a result, the state withdrew the previous plea agreement and have set the final pretrial conference date for both cases against Johnson for Oct. 18. That date is also the plea agreement deadline.